In short? a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers skin a hit of hydration and helps remove dead cells off the surface of the skin. Think of a toner as the primer for the rest of your skincare routine, helping your serums and moisturisers absorb and work more efficiently. Remember, no two toners are the same- selecting a toner should be based on your skin's unique needs- be it oily, dry, pigmented or ageing. Some solutions will have AHA’s to support skin cell turnover, or BHA’s to help with sebum production, those for dry skin may have hyaluronic acid and soothing botanicals, and of course a lot will contain skin brightening ingredients such as lactic acid or papaya enzymes.


Straight after cleansing, double cleansing or exfoliating your skin. You can use a toner both morning and night. If your toner is more on the exfoliating side- it will sit better in your evening routine.

TIP: Use your toner as soon as you have cleansed- the dampness on your skin after cleansing will help active ingredients in your toner penetrate the skin better. After your toner, continue with your usual skincare (serums, eye cream, SPF)

How To Use A Toner

Dispense toner onto a cotton round (we like reusable) and dab or swipe over face, working from the inside out. You can also ditch the cotton pad and simply sprinkle toner onto hands, tapping directly onto skin.

We break down a few of our favourites...


Suited for all skin types

The big gun. The main event. The one everyone should be using! Acid toners not only help eat away at dead skin cells causing congestion and dullness, but they also help balance out the skins naturally acidic pH level.

Daily Acid Toner from Josh Rosebrook is an elegant solution using a blend of fruit and plant acids to resurface and significantly hydrate skin, in a micronutrient dense base for added hydrating and regenerating properties.

This solution is gentle enough to use daily, suited to all skin conditions, and safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

CIRCUMFERENCE Active Botanical Refining Toner

Suited for all skin types.

The perfect antioxidant packed reset button for your skin. This toner is formulated to help bring back your skin's pH balance through a careful blend of highly bioactive, antioxidant-rich extracts

A foundational first layer in your routine, that will set the optimum stage for serums, masks, or moisturisers to follow. This powerful antioxidant and omega rich toner acts as a natural, gentle astringent to help minimise pores, hydrate skin and preps an impeccable canvas, ready for your next skincare steps.

With a beautiful herbacous and floral scent this soothing step is highly recommended to take your skincare ritual to the next level.

SHANI DARDEN Daily Toning Essence

Suited to normal & oily skin types.

An essence is a modern category of toner- made popular by the Korean skincare regime. An essence is generally full of active skincare ingredients and fermented antioxidants, serving a similar purpose to a serum- delivered in a light weight liquid format.

Shani Darden’s Daily Toning essence is all that and more. Formulated with antioxidant-rich sake water to naturally brighten skin, sebocytine to provide sebum regulation, and niacinamide (Vit B3) to dimminish pore size and even out skin tone, all while boosting skin's hydration.

Normal to oily skin types, this one’s for you. Shani's Take: “This toner does it all, from brightening skin tone to reducing the appearance of pores, it's a serious multi-tasker”

BIODERMA Sensibio H20

Suited to all skin types- especially suitable for make-up removal

Yes... we know this mega famous French micellar water typically sits under the cleansing umbrella, but it also comfortably sits within the category of a toner.

Using after an initial cleanse, a micellar water steps in to remove any remaining debris and make up, leaving skin deeply cleansed and hydrated. Made up of micelles (tiny balls of molecules), that attract to dirt and oil and carry the ability to dissolve oil based make up and SPF, drawing out impurities without drying out the skin.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 is iconic for good reason. Formulated to be perfectly compatible with the skin, a swipe of this water solution will leave skin fresh and moisturised while respecting the skins natural balance.

Use as a second step after cleansing before applying serums and creams.